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Adaptation of Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1976... 1976 Don's Party
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Set in a suburb of Sydney's North Shore on the night of the 1969 Australian Federal Election, this is a cinematic adaptation of David Williamson's 1971 satire of university-educated, upwardly mobile Australian Labor Party supporters. The gathering is hoping to celebrate the ALP's victory after two decades of conservative government, but as the results are televised throughout the night, this appears increasingly unlikely. The men then devote their energies to drinking and debauching with the younger women, much to the anger of their wives or girlfriends. As the night wears on and hopes fade, there is fighting and much disappointment.

The film's satire (as with the play) achieves its bite through a sense of what passes for naturalism. The essential ockerism of the men becomes more apparent as the party degenerates and the alcohol takes over. The critical focus sharpens and the humour becomes more cynical.

Notes

  • Williamson's stage version was set in an outer suburb of Melbourne.

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Works about this Work

Don’s Party Rewatched – Both Time Capsule and Evergreen Political Drama Luke Buckmaster , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 January 2015;

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1976 single work film/TV
Cinematographer in the Frame for Highest Honour Adam Fulton , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 November 2011; (p. 11)
I'm Written Out, but It'll Be Right on the Night Graeme Blundell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 September 2010; (p. 3)
Australian Masculinities Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 97-117)
This criticism looks at the forms of maleness celebrated by Australian writers and how that 'maleness' is not just constructed by men. Women, Pons argues, contribute to this construction.
The Party's Over David Williamson , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 September 2007; (p. 5-6)
David Williamson compares the Australia of today with the one of over 35 years ago and looks at what the characters would be talking about if Don's Party had been written in 2007.
Pure Shit : Don's Party Barry Lowe , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , June vol. 2 no. 2 1977; (p. 64)

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1976 single work film/TV
Don’s Party Rewatched – Both Time Capsule and Evergreen Political Drama Luke Buckmaster , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 January 2015;

— Review of Don's Party David Williamson , 1976 single work film/TV
The Party's Over David Williamson , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 September 2007; (p. 5-6)
David Williamson compares the Australia of today with the one of over 35 years ago and looks at what the characters would be talking about if Don's Party had been written in 2007.
Australian Masculinities Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 97-117)
This criticism looks at the forms of maleness celebrated by Australian writers and how that 'maleness' is not just constructed by men. Women, Pons argues, contribute to this construction.
I'm Written Out, but It'll Be Right on the Night Graeme Blundell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 September 2010; (p. 3)
Cinematographer in the Frame for Highest Honour Adam Fulton , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 November 2011; (p. 11)
Interview by Neil McDonald and Peter Gerdes 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian Journal of Screeen Theory , no. 7 1979; (p. 138-147) David Williamson 1988; (p. 98-106)
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